Malkiewicz wins first prize in 2015 Awards Program

First Prize: Matthew Malkiewicz

Matthew Malkiewicz of Mount Laurel, New Jersey, received the top award of $1,000 in the Center’s 2015 John E. Gruber Creative Photography Awards Program. His “Beneath Calm Waters,” shows former McCloud Railway no. 25 north of Garibaldi, Oregon. He artfully took a single image of a reflection in a pool of water, reversed the image side-to-side and presented it upside down from the way it was shot—producing an exciting, much more attractive view than what he started with.

The judges said that the 2015 awards program was “truly an interesting contest, with the strongest overall batch of material to date.” See all of the winners and read more on the 2015 Awards page.

Discover the First Hundred Years of Rail Art

Near Castellammare with Vesuvius in the DistanceGeorg Busse (1810-1868), Near Castellammare with Vesuvius in the Distance, 1843, pencil and watercolor heightened with white, 8-5/8 by 13-3/8 in. Collection of Peter J.C. Mosse. Note how the artist matched the locomotive’s exhaust to that of Vesuvius, perhaps a comparison of the power of each.

The Fall 2015 issue of the Center’s quarterly journal, Railroad Heritage, features an in-depth look at the first hundred years of rail art by accomplished collector Peter J.C. Mosse. Peter began collecting railroad paintings in 1980 and has since amassed some 150 original works, twenty-three of which are presented in stunning color in his twenty-two page article. The story is a must-read for anyone interested in railroads and the visual arts.

The issue also includes photoessays by renowned photographers Victor Hand and Charles McCreary. Hand offers a glimpse railroading in and around New York City in the 1960s and 1970s, while McCreary recounts growing up around trains in the Upper Midwest in the 1940s and 1950s. This issue also introduces a new column, “Out of the Archives,” edited by Jordan Radke, the Center’s archives manager. The first installment looks at organization and metadata for photography collections.

This 48-page issue is available in our Book Store for $7.95 plus shipping and handling. Members of the Center receive four issues of Railroad Heritage annually as a benefit of membership. If you haven’t done so already, why not join the Center today?

2015 Photography Awards: Be Creative

First Place: Eric WilliamsEric Williams, Millburn, New Jersey, took first prize in the 2014 photography awards with this dramatic view of Junction 18 on Chicago’s ‘L.’ The theme was “lasting impressions.”

The 2015 Awards Program is Closed

Close to one hundred photographers submitted 389 images for consideration in the 2015 John E. Gruber Creative Photography Awards Program. The entries come from thirty states and seven foreign countries, and represent a diverse mix of styles and approaches. Winners will be announced by December 1.

Details of the 2015 Awards Program

“Be creative” is the theme for the Center’s 2015 John E. Gruber Creative Photography Awards Program. Send us your best, your most creative railroad photographs—views you would be proud to share on the Internet or with friends. Stop, look, and listen, observe what is happening around you—then put your creativity to work. Create your photographs. We are not placing restrictions on your creativity and your opportunities are not limited by specific themes, but photographs must have been taken after December 31, 2010. Digital manipulation is perfectly acceptable so long as it is stated. Remember that interpretations of railroads can be subtle. Don’t ignore the personal side of railroading. Look to the future. What may have seemed creative in the past may be passé today.

Theme: Be creative
Deadline: October 1, 2015
Winners announced: December 1, 2015
Submit to: award [at] railphoto-art [dot] org
Format: Up to five (5) full-size JPEG files at “high” or “maximum” quality setting
Include: Your full name, street address, phone number, email address, and brief captions that include location and date
Publication: Railroad Heritage and Railfan & Railroad
Exhibition: California State Railroad Museum
First Prize: $1,000
Second Prize: $500
Third Prize: $250

For Scans
If you are sending scans, please scan 35mm slides or negatives with a resolution of at least 2,000 pixels per inch (ppi); medium format negatives or transparencies at 1,200 ppi or higher; large format negatives or transparencies at 600 ppi or higher; 8×10 prints at 300 ppi or higher.

Entrants retain full copyrights to their photographs. By submitting an entry, you grant the Center one-time use for your work in our journal, Railroad Heritage, on our website, and/or on any of our social media platforms. You also grant Railfan & Railroad magazine one-time use for your work in print and on their website.

Conversations 2015: Our best yet?

Axel ZwingenbergerWorld-renowned German pianist and photographer Axel Zwingenberger, one of the five best boogie-woogie piano players in the world, got Conversations 2015 off to a rocking start with his music on Friday night. The “Boogiemeister prophet of steam” also presented his stunning and, at times, death-defying night photography of German steam locomotives. Photograph by Henry A. Koshollek

Conversations 2015 is a wrap, and the foremost question on everyone’s mind at the Center is, simply, “What can we ever do to top this?” German guest Axel Zwingenberger played world-class boogie-woogie piano music and showed world-class night steam photography. Art collector Peter Mosse swept attendees into a whirlwind and globe-trotting tour of the fascinating world of railroad paintings. The curator of Britain’s National Railway Museum, Ed Bartholomew, presented a riveting overview of 175 years of British railway photography in less than forty-five minutes. Renowned photographers from across the country showed stunning images and provided insightful commentary on their methods and intentions, including J. Parker Lamb, one of the deans of American railroad photography. There were few dull moments for the close-to-capacity crowd of 175 attendees, who enjoyed sumptuous meals, lively social hours, and ample opportunities to converse with dozens of leaders in the fields of railroad photography and art. Topping Conversations 2015 is a tall order, but you can trust that the Center is up to the task. In the meantime, enjoy a “Top Ten” list about the conference from Trains editor Jim Wrinn and eighty views through the skillful eye of photographer Henry A. Koshollek.

Conversations 2015: Print Program, Raffles, Docents

J. Parker Lamb Print RaffleIllinois Central steam locomotive no. 2613 at Cairo, Illinois, in 1959, in a photograph by J. Parker Lamb. Lamb will share a retrospective of his work at Conversations about Photography on Sunday, April 12, 2015. He has donated a 16×20 print of this photograph, which will be raffled on Saturday. Tickets are available in the conference page.

Conference presenter and renowned photographer J. Parker Lamb has donated a 16×20 print of the above photograph to be raffled on Saturday at Conversations 2015. Another print from David Plowden will be raffled on Friday, and Plowden plans to attend both the Friday dinner and the Saturday reception with his wife, Sandra. Tickets for both raffles are available on the 2015 conference page and will also be for sale at the door.

Two new prints are available through the Center’s Print Program. The 2015 offerings come from Ted Benson and Jeff Mast. Benson’s “Blossoms come to the Tidewater Southern” is an 11×14 silver gelatin print made by the photographer. Mast’s “Cumbres & Toltec” is a 10×15 archival pigment print made by program coordinator Jeff Brouws. Both are available in limited editions of ten, signed by the photographer. Pre-order for pickup at the conference to save ten percent.

We are excited to welcome five docents to Conversations 2015. They are photographers Brandon Townley, Davidson Ward, and John Sanderson, and archivists Jim Cascino and Andy Meyer. Townley, of Toledo, Ohio, is a talented professional photographer and first-time attendee. Ward comes from Nashville, Tennessee, and is attending his third conference—his first as a docent. He is a photographer, transportation consultant, and steam preservationist. Sanderson is returning for his second tour as a docent and brings a wealth of photography exhibition knowledge from his work in New York City galleries. Cascino and Meyer are both first-time attendees and currently working on the Center’s photography collections at Lake Forest College. We thank the conference patrons, whose generosity makes the docent program possible.

Just a few tickets remain for Conversations 2015. Get them while they last!